Monday, January 18, 2010

Venetian masks

The Venetian Sun - is a paper mache deco item to hang up on the wall, I bought this in 2000 originally in Venice, Italy. I'm selling this now and if anyone out there is interested, let me know, drop me an email.


Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnevale (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was thus useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.

Venetian masks are characterized by their ornate design, featuring bright colors such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. Many designs of Venetian masks stem from Commedia dell'arte. They can be full-face masks (e.g. the bauta) or eye masks (e.g. the Columbina).



Hi my friends,

I want to say so many thanks to all my loyal friends out there for all your wonderful comments to my post yesterday. I appreciate every single one, you always make my day with your supporting comments!

I wish you a wonderful day and see you tomorrow again.
Susanne

16 comments:

The Retired One said...

Very cool mask! How big is it?

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Joan. The size is 14" x 12" approx. it's slight oval and not round.

Vaggelis said...

great mask, great photo

Gayathri said...

Nice mask. It looks very pretty. thanks.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Vaggelis, my friend from Greece.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you, Gayathri for your kind comment. Welcome to my blog!

Marcie said...

Yes..yes. I remember seeing them everywhere in Venice. This one is extraordinary!!!

Susanne49 said...

I bet you have them admired like I did, in all those little stores in hidden away small lanes, right?

Thanks for your comment Marcie.

Mark Leslie said...

Venetian masks are truly things of beauty. I was in Venice this past November and there is not a corner you turn that doesn't have a mask shop. Your mask fits right in! I have just gotten to writing about Venice on my blog: www.mark-leslie.net and it is a very magical place. Thanks for posting this photo and bringing back such wonderful memories. -Mark

Susanne49 said...

I wish I could go back once again to see Venice....sigh....

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Mark. Your blog about Venezia is beautiful! Very nice to meet you ;)

niceartlife said...

I love Venetian Masks, this one is so colorful and gives me a sensation of happiness. Thanks yu my friend for making my day!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Juergen, for your very kind comment.

Anna said...

Susanne smiling back at it!
Anna :)

Carole said...

lovely colour and detailed mask.

Susanne49 said...

I'm glad it made you smile, Anna!

Susanne49 said...

Thanks Carol.

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